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Yemen - Nov 24, 2011 - 14:41

Last modified: 24 Nov 2011 11:41


A French aid worker kidnapped in Yemen's restive south has been released, just two days after her abduction.
"The Frenchwoman... was released along with two Yemenis," Hasan Ali, municipal official, said on Thursday.

Gunmen kidnapped the French aid worker, who is of Moroccan origin, on Tuesday along with two Yemenis - a translator and a driver.

They were on a mission in the southern province of Lahij and were travelling in a Red Cross vehicle, government and security officials said.

Ali said the kidnappers had been assured that activists from the autonomist Southern Movement would be released from government custody once they freed the hostages.

"They received assurances that the prosecution will soon complete their interrogation of four detainees from the southern separatist movement and then set them free," said Ali, adding that tribal leaders had intervened to secure the release of the hostages.

Ali said he would take the French aid worker to see the governor of Lahij.

"She is with me now and I'm on my way to the Lahij governor," he said.

A source close to the kidnappers had said they seized the three hostages as bargaining chips to press for the release of Southern Movement activists arrested a day earlier in the port city of Aden, the south's former capital. [story AFP/photo Reuters]